By Hans Robert Jauss
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And although merely in passing, he traced this empirical interest in the beautiful to a memorable analogue to Rousseau's Social Contract. The aesthetic judgment that requires that universal communicability be heeded satisfies a supreme interest. " (§41). Aesthetic Experience and Literary Hermeneutics A. Sketch of a Theory and History of Aesthetic Experience 1. What does aesthetic experience mean? The following explanation is intended to convey a preliminary idea of the area of research that this question opens up.
18 Three important genres of the literary tradition are rooted in these three directions of aesthetic identification, SKETCH OF A THEORY AND HISTORY OF AESTHETIC EXPERIENCE D 9 the heroic, the bucolic, and the picaresque. 19 Ernst Bloch saw the disclosing quality of aesthetic experience as a Utopian harbinger and distinguished it as the "anticipation of the power of the imagination" from the merely illusory quality of Freud's daydream. 20 The anticipatory aesthetic experience takes on literary form in the "love through the portrait" motif whose most famous instance is the musical sublimation of the aria "this painting is enchantingly beautiful," which in Mozart's Magic Flute draws Tamino to Pamina, the beloved he has never seen in the flesh.
28 But it is not only owing to its freshness and plenitude of meaning that the child's perception becomes the ideal yardstick of aesthetic experience. What the child sees freshly because for the first time also permits the adult to rediscover what already lies within him as past experience and can be recalled; the poet whose conscious aesthetic activity can undo the alienation of reality and re-create the world in its original newness returns to our consciousness a forgotten or suppressed reality.
Aesthetic Experience and Literary Hermeneutics by Hans Robert Jauss